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Stan Lee

Arguably the most well-recognized figure in comic book history, legendary writer Stan Lee was famous for creating the iconic superheroes Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and The X-Men. Often sporting tinted glasses and a trademark grin, Lee was a larger-than-life figurehead with a personality as colorful as his characters. Though only a mainstream name in his later years, thanks to the blockbuster films "Spider-Man" and "X-Men," long-time comic fans knew him for decades as the granddaddy of that world who, in the backs of Marvel Comics in his monthly column "Stan's Soapbox," dispensed news of coming attractions, as well as his own musings on events of the day. Not unlike Walt Disney, Lee forged a personal connection to his creations and his fans. With a deft sense of humor and a keen eye for melodrama that worked its way into his scripts, he pioneered the "Marvel style" of writing: first creating a plot with the artist, then letting the artist illustrate the story, after which Lee would add dialogue to the finished pages. His singular talent for hyperbole and self-promotion allowed him to peek out from the pages of his comics and emerge as a personality that became as well-known as his own heroic creations and equally beloved by his readers. His dea th at the age of 95 on November 12, 2018 was greeted with sadness around the world, even from those comics fans who preferred DC to Marvel.
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